Sage changed the face of this great region

With Landmark Award logo, pic of Sage and live pic to come from Jayne tonight

With Landmark Award logo, pic of Sage and live pic to come from Jayne tonight

The cream of the region's property industry gathered on Tyneside last night to see the outstanding Sage Gateshead crowned The Journal's North-East Landmark of the Year.

More than 300 property professionals attended The Journal's second glittering Landmark Awards at The Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.

Judges praised the £70m international music centre - which took away the Public Sector title, as well as the most sought-after award of the night - for "changing the face of Gateshead Quayside and the North-East".

Winners of the awards, which are sponsored by Watson Burton LLP law firm, were also announced in Retail/Leisure, Environmental, Public Sector and Residential Development categories.

The building excellence awards, which are also supported by Barclays and surveyor Lamb & Edge, were introduced to highlight regional building excellence and reward developments that highlight the best in concept, design and construction.

The Journal editor Brian Aitken said: "These awards are about showcasing building excellence and the panel of judges had some incredibly difficult decisions to make, with a large pool of high quality entries to consider.

"They prove, once again, that we have abundant design and building talent in the region and a raft of new buildings we can be proud of."

The judges praised the standard of entries, saying they had enhanced the region and the architect, developer and contractor for the winning project each received an award.

Richard Freeman-Wallace, head of property at Watson Burton law firm and member of the judging panel, said: "The full house at the awards dinner underlined the interest and involvement of property professionals across the North-East. The Landmark Awards have proved that a competition which focuses on the people at the sharp end - contractors, architects and developers - has a key place in the region's calendar of awards."

Andrew Hoyle, Watson Burton senior partner, said: "The high standards set by the first Landmark Awards have been surpassed this year with a spectacular set of winners who are helping to create our 21st Century North-East city and townscapes."

Tony Wordsworth, partner of Lamb & Edge, said: "Each winner and all runners-up have produced spectacular buildings that boost the image of the North-East."

Rory Gibson, relationship director of sponsor Barclays, said: "The talent of the region's property industry awards keeps the North-East looking distinctive, purposeful and stylish and this year's winners should be proud of their achievements."

Look out for the Landmark Awards supplement, which will appear inside The Journal on Wednesday, November 2, for full details on all the winning architects, contractors and developers.

Winners and runners-up

The Journal North-East Landmark of the Year 2005

The Sage Gateshead

Retail/Leisure Award

The Alnwick Treehouse, Alnwick

Runners Up

Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle

Red Mall MetroCentre, Gateshead

Office Development Award

Salvus House, Aykley Heads, Durham

Runners Up

The Quadrus Centre, Boldon

Northern Rock HQ - Phase 1-4, Gosforth, Newcastle

Environmental Award

Springboard Business Centre, Stokesley

Runners Up

Gateshead International Business Centre, Gateshead

Alnwick Treehouse, Alnwick

Public Sector Award

The Sage, Gateshead

Runners Up

Seven Stories National Centre for Childrens' Books, Lime Street, Newcastle

The Jerwood Centre, Grasmere, Cumbria

Residential Development

Old Post Office, West Sunniside, Sunderland

Runners Up

Staithes South Bank, Gateshead

Marconi House, Newcastle


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